A major water crisis has left scores of people ill and tens of thousands at risk from contamination in a west of Ireland city.

Galway's water supply has been hit by an outbreak of the parasite cryptosporidium, with up to 170 people now confirmed to have been hit by a serious stomach bug as a result.

The outbreak has severely affected homes and businesses in Ireland's third-biggest city and residents have been warned that the crisis could last for months.

Doctors have warned that the parasite could be life threatening, especially to young children, the elderly and people with low immune systems.


This could go on for 9 months, if not longer!

The newest water treatment plant they have is 40 years old.

Imagine 9 months without water?!
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